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Tigers Confidential
Tigers Confidential

Tigers Confidential

The Untold Inside Story of the 2008 Season
By Andy Van Slyke, By Jim Hawkins

SPORTS & RECREATION

256 Pages, 5 x 7

Formats: Cloth, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Cloth, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $21.95)

ISBN 9781600781681

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Mar 2009)

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Overview

Former MLB All-Star and Gold Glove winner Andy Van Slyke, now the first-base coach of the Detroit Tigers, takes you into the dugout, the clubhouse, and onto the field throughout the 2008 season to give you a rare inside look at the most highly anticipated season in the Tigers' storied 108-year history-day by day, game by game, as it actually unfolded. The book combines Van Slyke's insightful, introspective, sometimes humorous diary from the dugout and the playing field with veteran baseball writer Jim Hawkins' view from the press box in real time as the games actually occurred. Each entry is made without the benefit of hindsight, not knowing what the next game or the next day would bring. Stand beside Van Slyke in the first-base coach's box and sit beside him in the dugout to feel the emotions rise and fall with each win and each loss, as the Detroit Tigers, preseason favorites to win the 2008 American League pennant with their franchise-record $139 million payroll, deal with the daily grind of the 162-game season.

Author Biography

Andy Van Slyke is the Detroit Tigers' first base, outfield and base running coach. During his playing days, primarily with the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, Andy, a first-round draft pick in 1979, was a three-time All-Star and winner of five Gold Gloves for defensive excellence and two Silver Slugger Awards as the top offensive outfielder in the National League. He twice finished fourth in National League MVP balloting. Jim Hawkins is the baseball writer and columnist for the Oakland (Mich.) Press. He began covering the Tigers as a 25-year-old rookie reporter in 1970. He returned to the beat in 2006 when the team's games suddenly became meaningful again. This is his sixth book, his fourth on the Tigers, including biographies of former Tiger stars Mark Fidrych (Go, Bird, Go) and Ron LeFlore (Breakout) and The Detroit Tigers Encyclopedia.

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MLive.com examines that roller-coaster ride of the 2008 season in Tigers Confidential.

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Tigers Confidential

The Untold Inside Story of the 2008 Season

By Andy Van Slyke with Jim Hawkins


The 2008 season was the most anticipated in the 108-year history of the Detroit Tigers. With the addition of slugger Miguel Cabrera and pitcher Dontrelle Willis, the Tigers put together what was expected to be a powerful lineup and dominant rotation. What would result, however, was one of the most tumultuous and gut-wrenching seasons in Tigers history.

 

Tigers Confidential: The Untold Inside Story of the 2008 Season by all-star player and coach Andy Van Slyke (with Jim Hawkins) takes you into the clubhouse, the dugout, and onto the field, and gives fans Van Slyke's unique perspective as a coach in this rare, inside look at the 2008 season including:

 

¨ The unexpected blockbuster acquisition of Cabrera and Willis

¨ The lofty spring training expectations and perplexing early season slump

¨ Dealing with the disappointing results and failure to live up to the pre-season hype

¨ Van Slyke's insights on the successes and failures of each player - including Curtis Granderson and Justin Verlander

¨ An afterword from Tigers All-Star Carlos Guillen, reflecting on the '08 season

 

Tigers Confidential gives fans a day-by-day account of the 2008 season straight from the outspoken, humorous and always honest voice of Andy Van Slyke. Fans will relive the heart-wrenching losses and exhilarating wins of a long and volatile season.

 

About the Authors:

Andy Van Slyke is the Detroit Tigers' first base, outfield and base running coach. During his playing days, primarily with the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, Andy, a first-round draft pick in 1979, was a three-time All-Star and winner of five Gold Gloves for defensive excellence and two Silver Slugger Awards as the top offensive outfielder in the National League. He twice finished fourth in National League MVP balloting.


Jim Hawkins is the baseball writer and columnist for the Oakland (Mich.) Press. He began covering the Tigers as a 25-year-old rookie reporter in 1970. He returned to the beat in 2006 when the team's games suddenly became meaningful again. This is his sixth book, his fourth on the Tigers, including biographies of former Tiger stars Mark Fidrych (Go, Bird, Go) and Ron LeFlore (Breakout) and The Detroit Tigers Encyclopedia.

 

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CONTACT: Josh Williams, Triumph Books, 312.252.1261, j.williams@triumphbooks.com